Who is your real-life superhero?
Do you have a real-life superhero? Maybe it’s a physician or nurse who took extra time to ease your child’s fears. Or maybe you know a patient who turned his or her health care crisis into a way to help others.
Tell us about it. Take the time to recognize an exceptional doctor, nurse, staff member, parent, or patient at Amplatz Children’s Hospital by telling us why he or she is your superhero.
"My superhero is my 9-month-old daughter, Sadie. After being diagnosed with bilateral congenital cataracts at one day old, she has bravely battled and triumphed through 8 surgeries and 10 times under anesthesia. After her cataracts were removed by her doctor, Dr. Erick Bothun, at 5 and 6 weeks of age, she developed glaucoma in both eyes and suffered from very high pressures that put strain on her optical nerve and caused cracks in her corneas. After 4 unsuccessful glaucoma procedures, her glaucoma numbers are now healthy due to the placement of Baerveldt shunts (by Dr. Alayna Grajewski) in both eyes in November and December of 2013.
I would also like to thank Sadie’s heroes, Dr. Bothun and Dr. Grajewski, for their gentle care, amazing expertise, and support and encouragement for both Sadie and her parents … this has undoubtedly been the hardest battle we’ve ever faced. But we are so blessed to have the care of the entire Amplatz team fighting for our daughter’s sight!"
—Megan and Joel Mulder, Shakopee, Minnesota
Nurse Sally Rector is the Passow family’s superhero.
"Our granddaughter/niece/daughter Ava was in Sally Rector’s care a year ago for month. Every day, Sally bathed Ava and put a new bow in her hair. It touched us so much that a nurse would do something so personal to brighten our day for a patient that didn't talk, walk, or even realize what was going on, but her family sure did.
Our Ava Passow had GM1 [gangliosidosis, a neurologic genetic disorder] and was a patient at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital for over a year until she lost her life to this disease. So we decided to send bows and socks to Sally's floor to honor her tradition so others could enjoy the little things in life that we take for granted. It left an impression on our lives, and Sally made us realize that life is not just those who appreciate the big things but the small things she did for us. She said she purchased most of the bows herself and she did not expect anything in return. What a wonderful nurse you have.
Thank you, Sally Rector. Thank you again for your wonderful care for our Ava while we spent many days at Amplatz Children's Hospital. And to Jeanine Utz and Dr. [Chester] Whitley, thanks to you, also. "
—The Ava Passow family
"William Schmickle is a healthy 3-year-old boy who spent the first 277 days of his life in the Amplatz NICU. He was born at 23 weeks gestation and is the only survivor of triplet boys. He amazes us, and we are forever grateful for the love and care that he received."
—Julie Schmickle, Corcoran, Minnesota
"My superhero is my 16-month-old son, Jackson Haigh. He is a rare undiagnosed kiddo and inspires the world daily with his happiness about life. He goes through so much daily, and he smiles his way through every minute of it. He by far is my superhero!"
—Heather Haigh, Hugo, Minnesota